Anime Festival Asia (AFASG2022) is finally back after a 3 years hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and boy did the fans come back with a vengeance! Standing shoulder to shoulder the crowd started pouring into Suntec Convention Centre even before the exhibition doors open at 10am.
Even until 4pm, the wave of people queuing for tickets seemed never ending!
According to most of the event goers, the mood is great and ticketing went through in an orderly manner. The average waiting time is around 1hr which is quite common for large scale events like this. Most have their cosplay costume on and ready to have fun at the event.
AFASG22 consists of 2 main activity areas, the Exhibition hall (Hall 401 – 404) which houses the booths, Akiba Stage, Creatures Hub and Food Street. While the Day Stage hall (Hall 405) is where featured showcases and special guests are scheduled to wow the ticketholders.
Once night falls, the Day Stage will be transformed into AFA Night Live! where a stellar cast of VTubers and Artistes is set to keep the party going.
At AFASG22, you will get to meet many talented illustrators and artists. Support them by purchasing their merchandises or even liking their social media pages and giving them a thumbs up will give them the additional boost to create better contents for the community.
There are literally tons of artworks at the Creators Hub section, be awed by the artworks and craftworks on sale.
Meet your favourite Cosplayers, who on average will take 1 to 2 hours of preparation time to dress up as the characters from anime or games.
There are also special idol guests like Rurusama, who will be station at the Gank booth. If you don’t mind mind the wait, you will be able to strike up a conversation with her and even get a personalized photo together.
AFASG22 also introduced the AFAVERSE, ticketholders will be issued with a NFC enabled AFA band which allows them to earn AFA Hero XP, Coins by completing challenges throughout the event. Level up to unlock special accessories or exchange AFA coins for a chance to win prizes at AFA Catch claw machines or discounts at AFAverse stores.
Tired of walking around? try your hands at trading card games which are littered throughout the event halls. At the Konami booth, challenge the Konami staff to a game of Yu-gi-oh and get some tips and maybe score some event cards.
Limited edition Gundam sets like the Hello Kitty / Gundam RX-78-2 set are also available for sale at the GUNPLA booth. Look out for other major booths featuring brands like Konami, Genshin Impact, Sony Music, Caesars Anime, Bushiroad, Hakken and many more!
Finally what every Singaporean loves, Japanese food! The food hall section serves mainly Japanese inspired food like Taiyaki, bento sets and even Nissin cup noodle!
Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2022 (#AFASG22), Southeast Asia’s biggest and most prestigious Japanese Pop Culture event, will be held from 25th to 27th November 2022 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Exhibition doors opens at 10am daily while the Day Stage opens at 11.30am and Day Stage activities will start at 12pm. AFA Night Live! activities commenced at 7.30pm on the first day and 7pm on subsequent days.
Do note that this a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at AFASG22 ticketing website or on site at AFASG2022.